If Palawan and Boracay take pride in the powder-like white sand lining the shores of its beaches, Lemery takes pride in the charcoal-colored sand that adorns its coasts.
The municipality was named after Roberto Lemery, a well-loved commanding officer who was once stationed in the town previously named San Geronimo. Majority of this Batangas town’s resorts are situated along the Balayan Bay, known for having black sand. Many of these resorts offer other sports activities like basketball, volleyball, and badminton for those who want a break from swimming or snorkeling.
A famous landmark in Lemery is the seemingly straight out of a storybook, Fantasy World along Diokno Highway. Envisioned to be a resort, country club, amusement park, and residential complex for its members and guests, construction of this theme park was halted due to financial constraints.
Operated and maintained by its homeowners’ association, tourists can still enter Fantasy World to tour its premises, have picnics, and swim in the pool for a fixed fee. It is recommended that you find a member of the association to take you inside.
Tourists who find themselves in Lemery during Holy Week can experience the Sigpawan Festival, which takes place annually on Easter Sunday. Fluvial processions, boat races, and beauty pageants are some of the many activities you can look forward to as you celebrate with the locals.
Religious devotees and those who enjoy church hopping can check out the Saint Roch Parish, locally known as the San Roque Church or simply Lemery Church.
Do not leave Lemery without trying the sinaing na tulingan, a famous dish consisting of fish, usually tuna, braised in salt, kamias (tree cucumber), and water before being slowly cooked. The sauce that seeps out of the fish is usually known as patis.
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